According to Dr. Frank E. Stranges in his 1967 book Stranger at the Pentagon, an alien who claimed to be from Venus, who looked indistinguishable from humans and allegedly possessed an IQ of 1200, interacted for three years with President Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon at the White House and Air Force military bases. Dr. Stranges had been an evangelical Christian preacher and the founder of a group called International Evangelism Crusades who claimed to have met this being, named Valiant Thor, along with his assistant Jill.
Frank claimed that he met Thor after a Pentagon insider named Nancy Warren contacted him and told him that Thor wanted a personal meeting with Frank after which they met in March of 1957 in Alexandria, Virginia. Altogether, four ETs would supposedly meet with Neil H. McElroy, who was Secretary of Defense at the time. Bizarrely, Thor told Frank that it was because of Frank’s Christian faith that he was chosen to meet with Thor, because (as he was told) the Bible did represent the truth but Jesus Christ was an alien rather than a human.
Harley Andrew Byrd, nephew of Rear Admiral Richard Byrd of the United States Navy, who supposedly led an expedition to Antarctica where he and his men were attacked by a flying saucer in 1945, had the following to say:
“During the winter of 1956–57, the Washington, D.C. area was extremely cold, but it was a good feeling to be working in a high security position in the Pentagon. I lived only a short distance away in Georgetown, the old section of the Nation’s Capital. Senator J.F. Kennedy lived on “O” Street just a block away from our house on Prospect.
During a successful tour with the U.S. Naval Ceremonial Honor Guard, we had met with astronauts Glen, Cooper, Waly Sherrar, who were the first wave of successful space travelers. Also we had visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier numerous times. It seemed like every time a visiting dignitary came to Washington, they lay a wreath at the tomb.
We had met the Queen of England several times at the airport, as these were some of the duties I performed as a young officer in the Navy. After carrying the 2-Star flag at the funeral of my late uncle, Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, I was recommended for a security clearance and was granted a Top Secret Clearance after a lengthy six-month background study (B1 complete 1957). After being transferred to the Chief of Naval Information (CHINFO), I worked in the Security Clearance section before being indoctrinated into the branch office of the Air Force called PROJECT BLUE BOOK. It was a joint service office; that is, two Marines, two Army, two Navy and three Air Force officers.
The work was routine, opening incoming mail, sorting out what was called actual sightings as opposed to many fake UFO photos. We also acted as a Public Information Office (PIO), much like a public relations office. Everypublisher’s dream was to get the real low down on the UFO situation, which was suppressed by the group that dictated national policy on the UFO matter.
In mid March, 1957, we received an urgent message from the Alexandria Police Department. The message indicated that two of their on-duty police officers had picked up an alien who had landed some 14 miles south of Pentagon Boulevard, and the occupant was transported to the Pentagon to meet with the Under Secretary of Defense and then shuttled underground to meet with President Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon. The meeting lasted for nearly an hour and then, the alien visitor was put on VIP status and was shuttled back to the Pentagon where he spent the night in the Army reception office on the first floor near the concourse. This alien’s name was Valiant Thor.
Commander James was on duty at the Security Clearance and Review for the branch officer of the Project Blue Book. He oversaw the meeting through official channels and reported the landing and meeting of the “space emissary”, as he was labeled by the Department of Defense, to a governing group of high military officials including Secretary of Defense F.F. Forestall and other scientific men of which there were twelve. They in turn made recommendations to the President and Cabinet members, the CIA, FBI, NSA, and so on.
The landing of Valiant Thor was perhaps the first documented landing of a human-type alien by military officials. He contacted an individual in the Pentagon who was an advocate of the UFO alien situation. “Nancy Warren” in turn contacted a minister, who was also a private investigator and theologian, a Dr. Frank E. Stranges, who then met with this individual. Dr. Stranges had been a guest speaker at the National Evangelistic Center for two weeks.
Val Thor landed in Alexandria and met with the President to discuss the world’s problems and offer advice and counsel on how to deal with and eliminate them. He indicated to Mr. Eisenhower that the world was in a precarious situation and that if the world continued to proceed on a war footing — it would cause an economic imbalance throughout the world. Val Thor stayed on Earth until March 16, 1960, and then disembarked to his home planet Venus.
He indicated that his race of people lived and dwelled underground and that many of the planets throughout the universe sustain life in this same manner. He also mentioned the waves of aliens who would land around the world to help with the Earth’s seemingly insurmountable problems. He stated that a group from a distant planetary system would be coming to give aid and data to help the Earth’s progress. Val Thor spoke of Christ’s presence in the universe and that it was heartwarming to see Christ’s advanced teaching continuing. This visitation at the Pentagon marks perhaps a new era in knowledge, wisdom and understanding on our planet.”